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Fay Jones – Thorncrown’s architect – was a genius: look at how the structure mimics the tree branches, and how the light falls into the building the same way it falls on the forest floor.

Thorncrown Chapel
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
photographed 10.5.2018

The Way

The Patient Spouse and I recently took a trip to Arkansas and saw this architectural landmark – Thorncrown Chapel – for the first time. The P. S. has loved this building since the first time it showed up in the pages of architectural magazines.

It is certainly worth the visit, and we went there two days in a row.

This is the view from the walk to the building; starting tomorrow I’ll post a few images from the interior.

If you want more information, you can see the chapel’s website or the Wikipedia page. And, for fun, check out the 50 most extraordinary churches of the world (it’s number 49).

Thorncrown Chapel
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
photographed 10.6.2018


The problem is that when I’ve got non-photographers with me, I am extremely aware of the fact their interest level and mine are not even close to the same. In this case, there were three people sitting in a car while I explored the church.

And, so, even though the light would have been completely different in here in another half hour*, I ended up shooting-and-dashing, in the interest of family dynamics. Please do not mention this to my photography teachers who advocate the “compose and wait” method…

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Brenham, Texas
photographed 11.24.2017

*Would it have been better? Or just different? Who knows – but it would have been a fun thing to find out.

three chairs

If you take a tour of the Farnsworth House, you get to use these three chairs and the one bench while you take your shoes off before you go inside.

The Farnsworth House
Plano, Illinois
photographed 6.26.2018

from the river side

My dad was a civil engineer, with a specialty in wastewater treatment. I can recall quite a few times on vacations when we’d take a detour from the regular route in order to check on a new wastewater-treatment facility. It was interesting. (Ha! Ha! No it wasn’t. But you know what it was? Smelly, usually.)

Anyway, time goes on, as it does, and the detours-based-on-profession now involve architecture, which is nicer to look at (usually) and much less fragrant (always). And that’s why on our recent trip to Chicago we took a two-hour drive from the city to go look at this house. It’s famous. And so is the architect.

The house is adjacent to (and sometimes, depending on flood conditions, in) the Fox River; this is the river-facing side.

The Farnsworth House
Plano, Illinois
photographed 6.26.2018

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